Aerial Surveys

Our qualified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilots regularly collect
large volumes of high resolution aerial images for intertidal habitat
mapping purposes.

Under our Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), our qualified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) pilots regularly conduct aerial surveys for intertidal habitat mapping purposes.
Through the use of specialist photogrammetric software we are able to ‘stitch’ large volumes of high-resolution imagery to create georeferenced orthomosaic, Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and 3D model outputs that, combined with ground-truth sampling, allow us to accurately map habitats of conservation interest and/or rapidly enumerate species found in cryptic habitats. To date this has included:


  • Mud and sand flats
  • Honeycomb worm reef (Sabellaria alveolata)
  • Seagrass beds (Zostera spp.)
  • Mussel beds
  • Rocky reef (including chalk platforms)
  • Saltmarsh
  • Sand dunes
  • Seal pup counts
  • Coastal bird counts

Ocean Ecology quickly established an understanding of the project’s needs and successfully designed and implemented marine surveys for us in complex and challenging environmental conditions. Ocean Ecology have excellent experience and are extremely energetic, professional and proactive in the work they carry out. We welcomed the fresh approach to discuss innovative ideas to enhance and consolidate monitoring approaches. Certainly exceeded my expectations and look forward to working with them in the future.
Harriet Thomas - Principal Environmental Manager, Tidal Lagoon Power